7 years since tinywords relaunched

Has it really been 7 years since I relaunched tinywords.com? Time flies. I am no longer editing the journal — that job has been ably taken over by Kathe Palka and Peter Newton — but I continue to maintain the technical side of the site, which is now about 16 years old. It is one of the things I’ve done in my adult life that I’m quite proud of, in a quiet way.

Don’t panic

This is what I was searching for about not panicking and not overdoing the outrage. (click through to see Quinn’s whole thread)

How Facebook feeds conspiracies and bogus news

This article has inspired me to do a few things more consistently on Facebook:

1. I won’t share any articles I haven’t actually read
2. I won’t like or share memes/statement images unless there’s an article I’ve read attached to them
3. I won’t support stupid question-mark headlines (“Is Donald Trump a lizardman?”) by sharing or liking them.

The “They Had Their Minds Made Up Anyway” Excuse

crossposted from Facebook
November 21, 2016 at 08:06AM

I’m making a stand

Both my kids go to schools where many students, and/or their parents, are going to be vulnerable to deportation. We told them both that it’s important to let everyone know that they stand against this. That there are friends who will fight…so I want you all to know this too. I’m not going to just stand by and idly let them build a wall, deport people, ban Muslims. I don’t have a plan, and I don’t know exactly how to respond. But I want everyone to know where I stand.

I am an American. I love this country. And I’m not going to roll over and let others define that in terms of hate and fear.

reposted from Twitter

A hundred bad songs

“Everything worth doing takes time. You have to write a hundred bad songs before you write one good one. And you have to sacrifice a lot of things that you might not be prepared for. Like it or not, you are in this alone and have to follow your own star.”

Bob Dylan

Happy Sukkot.

Today I learned about Sukkot, the Jewish holiday celebrating agriculture and … living in huts? As I was walking up to the pool today I saw a U-Haul pickup with a big wooden structure on the back of it. Coming around, I saw it was open to the back, and there was a semicircle of folding chairs facing the back of the truck. “Putting on a show?” I asked the man standing inside the hut. No, he said — he was there to celebrate the holiday with a few Jewish students from the high school. He was still waiting for them to arrive when I walked by. His hut, I learned, is called a “sukkah,” though I am pretty sure I am both spelling it and pronouncing it wrong. I think I’ve seen them before, but never on the back of a pickup truck, and I told him so.

“Are you Jewish?” he politely asked me, though I’m pretty sure my total ignorance gave me away. “No,” I said. “Well, happy holidays!” he said to me. “Happy holiday to you too,” I said. And off I went to swim.

My takeaway: There is always more to learn about Judaism. And there is no end of useful things you can do with a pickup truck. crossposted from Facebook
October 19, 2016 at 02:48PM